Carry PEACE in your pocket. If only we’d all do that, what a difference we’d see in this ol’ world.
I’ve known so many beautiful souls. I’ll bet you know a few of them too. The most wonderful thing about them is, they know they aren’t beautiful souls because it is their sheer determination to be nice or good. They are beautiful souls because of their personal relationship with Christ Jesus. They know that He gives them the ability to be compassionate, humble, kind, meek and patient. God is pleased when His children are obedient, and even more pleased when He gets the credit – the glory – for it.
Lucinda has posted a verse about kindness every day – as part of Lent – she’s not giving something up, rather she is giving something – kindness. What a wonderful idea! I like it. I thought this one was particularly nice for today’s post.Notice what words are used… FILL, SHOW. You mean these attributes don’t just magically appear once we’re saved? Does a Father just automatically offer good gifts if their children never speak to him or offer some sort of effort in a relationship? Well… not usually. Our Heavenly Father wants us to ask Him for what we need to be Christ-like in our lives. We ask for His compassion, His strength, His mercy and then we ask Him to show us where these things need to be shown the most.
I’m not righteous in myself – nobody is. It’s all about the LORD and nothing about me. If there’s any redeeming qualities in me – I praise Him because it’s definitely not my nature. If I was left to my own devices, I’d probably be the least patient person in the world. I do literally have to ask God to help me when I’m standing in a long line or feel that twinge of impatience coming over me. Part of it is because I have so much pain when I stand for long periods of time – but some of it is just that human nature wanting to come through. God’s the only one who can keep it under control and surround me with His way – and His way is so much better.